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The Marriage Pact [Kindle Edition]

M.J. Pullen
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*Revised September 2013 - Includes Preview Chapters of REGRETS ONLY!*

Marci Thompson always knew what life would be like by her 30th birthday. A cozy suburban home, charming husband and two brilliant children. A celebrated career as an established writer, complete with wall-to-wall mahogany shelves and a summer book tour. A life full of adventure with her friends and family by her side.

Instead, Marci lives alone in 480 square feet of converted motel space next to a punk rock band, hundreds of miles from her friends and family. She works in a temporary accounting assignment that has somehow stretched from two weeks into nine months. And the only bright spot in her life, not to mention the only sex she’s had in two years, is an illicit affair with her married boss, Doug. Thirty is not at all what it is cracked up to be.

Then the reappearance of a cocktail napkin she hasn’t seen in a decade opens a long-forgotten door, and Marci’s life gets complicated, fast. The lines between right and wrong, fantasy and reality, heartache and happiness are all about to get very blurry, as Marci faces the most difficult choices of her life.

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About the Author

M.J. Pullen is from Kennesaw, Georgia, and studied English Literature at the University of Georgia in Athens. She also has Master's degrees in both Business and Professional Counseling. She lives in Roswell, Georgia with her husband and two sons. The Marriage Pact is M.J.'s first novel. There are two sequels: Regrets Only (2012) and Baggage Check (2013). She is always working on the next project! For the latest, please visit and sign up for M.J.'s newsletter. Twitter: @MJPullen

Product Details

  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463600682
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055LH79Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and Engaging June 18, 2011
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At first glance, there's little to like about the main character, Marci Thompson. She's self-absorbed, dating a married man, and not particularly thoughtful about those around her. What's wonderful about the book, though, is that she grows and learns. She takes her lumps and becomes a better person. A terrific moment occurs about 2/3 of the way through the book when Marci's father takes her to task for her behavior.

M.J. Pullen sets the book in places she knows -- Athens, Atlanta, Austin -- and the description of places pop with authenticity. Her characters are real and engaging. The plot is a common enough one about love and life, but is written with a realism that transcends the details.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time to try and read May 1, 2012
By Kaniele
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I had a hard time reading this book. It dragged on with unnecessary details and the characters lacked depth. I found I couldn't empathize with Marci and her issues with her relationship with a married man. There was no explanation as to how the affair started and there was no real connection to the characters' and their emotional ties. They claimed to love one another, but I never got the feeling there was any actual emotional connection. Marci, the heroine, seemed to always be whining about how her life was going, yet never doing anything about it herself. She seemed shallow and needy and very self-centered. I couldn't bring myself to care about her troubles and that made it hard to get into the story. Like many others, I found myself skipping several pages and I couldn't even bring myself to finish reading, it was that painfully dull. I don't have time to read something that bores and angers me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed May 1, 2012
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I read this book based on the positive reviews, and I was sorely disappointed. I did not feel like the relationship with Doug was fleshed out well enough for me to get over the adultery- and I am no prude. There was no real delving into why they were in love. Her relationship with Jake also lacked depth. The book just made me angry - I wanted to know how things ended, but I found it torturous to get through.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and entertaining April 5, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. As another review stated it did not seem like a first book. It is well written, the characters are well developed and we get some detail about their families. I stayed awake well into the night to finish it and even spent some time wondering how their lives would have been if Marci had made a different choice. I think most people can relate to weak moments and making bad decisions at sometime in their lives. It is quite humorous in parts too. I'm glad the author has written a 2nd book featuring Marci's childhood friend Suzanne and I look forward to reading it. This is the first time I have left a review and I'm sure I'm not doing justice to the book, but anyway. It's free at the moment on Kindle and definitely worth a read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time May 22, 2012
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I found the plot full of useless details and the heroine was extremely unlikable...wishing I had these hours of my life back.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confused! May 10, 2012
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Usually I agree with the bulk of reviews and i only post if i am moved one way or the other - This one is really the other!

The book had a lot of fluff lacking in depth. I was not able to connect with Marci on any level. I felt disconnected and had a real hard time finishing- The story was hard to follow- I felt like she wasted ink on many things that were so unimportant for the story, and left me feeling less than good about Marci.
Marci is a drunk, lacking of morals and values, extremely selfish, whinny and depressed. The story for me was more like a cheesy day time sitcom rather than a romance- There are No sparks, no lust.

The main plot resolves about her having an affair with her married boss Doug, a best guy friend that loves her dearly, a best girl friend who has commitment problems, a sister who acts as if she is 12, and a girlfriend who is jealous.
It became all a little silly and high school for me.

While she ends up with the right man and made progress in the book. I felt annoyed with the characters and plot. I usually take a day or two to read a book of this size and i had push myself to finish in a WEEK! once done i was disappointing that i pushed myself- It didn't get better-

So i would suggest that if you do get the book and if you get to about 30% of the book and feel that its not working for you - it probably wont.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Barely was able to finish it April 25, 2012
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I love to read and usually read pretty quickly, but I really had a hard time reading this book. It gave way too many details that weren't needed for the love story--I wanted to actually like the characters and I found it hard to read all the descriptions. I ended up skipping the whole last part of the book to get to the ending so I could find out how it ended. And I wasn't shocked at all either. Pretty basic story--no sparkle or glitter in this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Marriage Pact May 1, 2012
By Lily
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Extremely predictable. Boring. A tale that has been told over and over again. It was a very difficult book to continue reading. I skimmed through most of it just to get to the end. I guess I should have read more of the reviews...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Quick read
Published 7 days ago by Amanda Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed reading it
Published 18 days ago by md-il7
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprise
Very refreshing, with a few unexpected twists and turns ...very enjoyable, a good read I totally enjoyed reading this story
Published 1 month ago by ama0071
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!!!!
Absolutely loved this book! Couldn't put it down! Read it in less than a day! Can't wait to read the next one!
Published 1 month ago by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
young love and maturity plays out pretty well for Jake and Marci. young lovers that are not welling to lose each other and stay friends even though there's more to it. Great story.
Published 1 month ago by Maria Elisa Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
I loved everything about this book from the characters to Marcy making a choice and getting her happily after! I will definitely be reading more of this author!
Published 3 months ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
I enjoyed this sweet book. When I wasn't reading it I was thinking about the characters and the story and wondering what would happen next. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Natalie Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I hate the stories where the main characters fall in love instantly. This was the complete opposite and it felt like a much truer illustration of what might happen in real life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenay Magdalene Sudler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
Great book for escape reading. Loved that it is partially set in Atlanta and there is a sequel so we can catch up with the characters.
Published 3 months ago by Amy M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Drunk decissions and a love story
The book has a different timeline... It doesn't start when the female character meets the perfect boy with she falls in love at first sight and all that stuff. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susana Uribe
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More About the Author

M.J. Pullen (Manda) is a mom of two, professional counselor (currently inactive), consultant and - perhaps obviously - an author. Manda writes contemporary women's fiction, and is experimenting with other genres. She has also written non-fiction, self-help, magazine articles, and a series of English comprehension workbooks for students in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Manda became a Jew-by-choice in order to marry the best man on the planet and live out her long-standing destiny as a Jewish mother. She is astonishingly happy and still manages to complain quite a bit, mostly in blog form.

Manda studied English Literature and Business, among other things, at the University of Georgia in Athens. She has also attended Texas State University and Georgia Sate University while studying to become a counselor. She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband, two sons, an old cat and quite a lot of dying plants.

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